Smartphones put a camera in just about everyone’s pocket, but it hasn’t always been so easy to take a snapshot. The 18th century brought a new innovation that allowed people to easily preserve a moment in time. That innovation carries on today! Through informative text, fun facts, and special features, this fascinating title explores how the camera was invented and how it continues to develop!
Many consider Thomas Edison the inventor of the light bulb, but this world-changing invention has a long history. Since the 19th century, many have worked to create and improve the light bulb. Starting from the light bulb’s early development all the way up to its modern uses, this informative title will fascinate anyone who wants to know about the invention that lights up the world!
Not even a century ago, a computer took up an entire room. Today, a computer can fit inside your pocket! Over decades of technological advancement, the personal computer has shaped the world in ways that are still being determined. This powerful invention has changed everything from the way people communicate to how we entertain ourselves. With a series of fun facts, profiles, and a timeline, this title will fascinate anyone who has ever booted up.
Read all about it! The history of the printing press started centuries ago. Through the years, it has been used to share news, make books more affordable, and make information more accessible. And it still helps people communicate today! This title explores the history of the printing press, from its first use in the 1300s to uses tomorrow and beyond. Readers will use fun facts, profiles, and a timeline to learn all about how this life-changing invention got its start.
Earth is the only home humans have ever known. But there is so much to learn about it! From what the planet is made of to how it likely formed, this informative title will take readers on a journey around the blue planet. Through fact-filled text, special features, and plenty of fun facts, readers will learn all about Earth’s place in the universe!
Jupiter is the biggest planet in the solar system! This gas giant is also one of the most fascinating. From its famous Great Red Spot to its dozens of moons, Jupiter holds several mysteries for the scientists who study it. This fascinating title will show readers that Jupiter is as interesting as it is huge!
Journey to the red planet! Given its similarity to Earth, Mars has long fascinated humans. Today, we are closer than ever to unlocking the mysteries of how Mars formed and whether the planet once held life. Filled with fun facts, special features, and informative text, this title will fascinate anyone who has ever dreamed of traveling to the red planet.
Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun! It may be small, but it is full of extremes. Temperatures range between -300 and 800 degrees Fahrenheit! As it zooms around the Sun every 88 days, the speedy planet is hard to spot. This informative title shows some of the many mysteries scientists have uncovered about Mercury. Its colorful photos, fun facts, and special features are sure to delight any reader interested in space!
Only 12 humans have walked on the Moon. But scientists have learned a lot about Earth’s night light. We know how it was formed, about its relationship with Earth, and its surface features. The informative text pairs with fascinating fun facts and special features to provide an in-depth look at Earth’s closest neighbor.
Neptune is the outermost planet in the solar system! It may look a calm blue, but this huge planet is swirling with activity. A thick layer of clouds gives way to whirls of rocks and ice. There may even be an ocean beneath its clouds! For readers with an interest in space exploration, this Neptune title is sure to fascinate. Colorful photos, fun facts, and special features make this book one worth checking out!
In 2006, Pluto was reclassified as a dwarf planet. Small, rocky dwarf planets make their home on the outer edges of the solar system. Scientists use telescopes to study Pluto and the dwarf planets as they orbit the Sun. Their fascinating findings are on display in this informative title about some of the solar system’s most far-away objects!
If humans ever make it to Saturn, they won’t be able to land on its surface. This enormous planet has no solid ground! Beyond its seven magnificent rings, Saturn swirls with dense clouds of gas. This fascinating planet is on display in this book full of special features, fun facts, and beautiful photos.
Uranus is an ice giant that spins completely on its side! Scientists have studied it since its discovery in 1781, but Uranus remains one of the solar system’s most mysterious planets. In fact, only one spacecraft has ever visited the planet. This hi/lo title uses fascinating fun facts, special features, and photos to give readers a crash course on the coldest planet in the solar system!
A single day is longer than a year on Venus! This hot, rocky planet is much like Earth, but it holds many mysteries that scientists work hard to unravel. How did it form? What is it made of? These questions and more will be answered in this informative book about Venus – a planet often called “Earth’s Twin.”
From a stalk of corn to a pine tree, every plant is made of plant cells. What material is in these cells? How do they hold together? How do growers use their knowledge of cell growth to create new plants? What's next in plant science? You can see the hidden secrets of cell life in the fascinating photos, diagrams, and text inside.
Find out what goes on every day inside of the human body! This title offers children an exciting voyage through the lungs. Detailed illustrations, color photos, and simple text combine to make a fun and easy introduction to how lungs work. This book also includes simple activities and crafts like Full of Hot Air, Breath Rate and how to make a Lung with how-to photos to further engage young learners. Super SandCastle is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.
Going wild. We don't see it as a good thing. And why would we? For most of our time on earth, humanity has been running from lions and other wilderness dangers. We've worked hard to make our local landscapes as safe and convenient as possible. Sometimes that's meant paving over areas that might burst into weeds. Other times, we've dammed rivers for electricity or irrigation. But now pollution, climate change and disruptions to the water cycle are affecting the world in ways we never anticipated. What if the new key to making our lives safer (and even healthier) is to allow the wilderness back into our cities?
Is there some mysterious force of nature that has a sense of humor, causing seemingly unexplained and bizarre things to happen on Earth? Flying omelets and shoals of fish falling out of the sky may have perfectly sensible explanations, but how do we explain the way that twins separated at birth have time and again followed the same path through life? In this intriguing book, scientists use science and chaos theory to try to explain the Cosmic Joker.
This book takes students on a journey from the traditional practices of the Far East to modern Western medicine. Looking at the sometimes mysterious treatments and their applications, Mysterious Healing seeks explanations for the amazing healing powers that people claim to have seen and experienced.
A popular story tells of President Lincoln predicting his own assassination, but not knowing where or when it would take place. This intriguing new title from Crabtree examines real-life cases where dreams appear to have been predictions of events yet to happen. Scientists and believers in this phenomena explore whether we really can see into the future, or if these happenings are just coincidences.
Hot magma! Learn all about volcanoes from how they're formed, to what happens when they finally blow their tops! Hear about how scientists who study volcanoes get close enough to do their jobs. Stories by Nancy Marie Brown, Megan Clements, Chris Dietel, and Highlights for Children.
Science and technology! Learn advances in keyboard technology, how computers find websites, and answers to questions such as "why are computers slow?" Discover how astronomers make an important outer space discovery and follow a robot as it roams Antarctica. Stories by Highlights for Children, Kimberly Shillcutt Tyree, Ph.D., E. Renee Heiss, and Anthony Atkielski.
Finding solutions! See what Elijah can do with only a cardboard box and a little creativity. Learn about the difference between building a Lincoln Log cabin and a log home. Watch as Tex and Indi rescue their cat Cow from a tree. Find out how the three little worms make a beautiful bookcase. Discover all that you can build with toothpicks, glue, and your imagination. Stories by David L. Roper, Linda Haas Manley, Lissa Rovetch, and Highlights for Children.
Pizza and spaghetti! Watch as Joe makes pizza. See what mishaps occur when the new girl at school brings a lunchbox of her brother's invention. Laugh at Tedd Arnold's silly story about his cockatoo. Learn with Arizona about how hard it is to have a family member in the military and ways to make the distance feel smaller. Stories by Tedd Arnold, Lissa Rovetch, Highlights for Children, and Sean Varner.
Bubbles, museums, and fairies! Maria has fun at the bubble exhibit in the children's museum. Marvin's museum is more fun with the help of friends. Magical fairies dance around a suburban neighborhood on summer nights. Talitha discovers how Big T "stole" a note, some straw, a handkerchief, and a ribbon. Find out what happens if you blow soap bubbles in below-freezing weather! Stories by Marianne Mitchell, Highlights for Children, Emma Otherguy, and Verlis Hutchens.